The sprawling Klamath National Forest covers 1.7 million acres across two northern California counties and slightly juts into southern Oregon.
It features five wilderness areas, more than 200 miles of river systems and provides opportunity for hunting, fishing and a wide range of other recreational activities.
Dating back to 1969, forest officials worked to acquire a nearly 4,500-acre private inholding within the Goosenest Ranger District, identified as a high priority for its wildlife values.
In addition to important winter range for elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and habitat for other bird and animal species, it includes the 110-acre Orr Lake – home to six species of fish, 1,100 acres of wetlands and marshes, six miles of Butte Creek and its riparian zones, and three miles of the historic Yreka Trail.
And all in the shadow of the snow-capped and scenic 14,162-foot Mount Shasta.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Forest Service and California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife collaborated to purchase the property to ensure its management for wildlife habitat.
Completed in 1997, Orr Lake and the surrounding area is now part of the national forest system and open for everyone to access and enjoy.
Since 1984, RMEF and its partners opened or improved public access to more than 1.3 million acres of land.
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